Why is Bill Belichick on Pat McAfee’s 2024 NFL Draft show for ESPN?

Bill Belichick is joining a new team ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.

After the Patriots parted ways with their longtime head coach this offseason, it seemed certain that he would don another team’s colors in 2024 and beyond. But when the music stopped, Belichick was left without a seat at the NFL coach’s table.

That reality has forced him to pursue other opportunities, and it’s not easy to keep someone like Belichick away from the sport. He’s been part of the NFL since 1975 when he joined the Baltimore Colts as a special assistant. 

Like many other coaches and players who find themselves out of the league, Belichick is trying his luck at a media gig. Here’s where you can find the legendary coach during the 2024 NFL Draft.

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What is Bill Belichick doing during the 2024 NFL Draft?

In an unlikely partnership, the six-time Super Bowl champion coach is taking his talents to “The Pat McAfee Show.”

McAfee’s show is bringing back their “NFL Draft Spectacular,” which will air during the first round of the draft in Detroit. McAfee and Belichick confirmed the news during the show on April 17. 

“I’m looking forward to it,” Belichick said. “Draft day, draft weekend is always an exciting time for everybody — for the teams that are building their teams and for the fans and for everyone involved in it. It’s a great event and I’m looking forward to seeing it from the other side. It will bd fun to be in Detroit, be with you guys, and get your expertise.”

It should be interesting to see how the 72-year-old meshes with McAfee’s group considering the coach has always been on the more serious end of the spectrum. He wasn’t known for giving great press conferences or being an exciting speaker, but there’s reason to believe that we’ll see a different side to the guy who patrolled the sidelines. 

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Belichick’s ability to communicate and tell stories has been well documented, especially during a breakout performance on ESPN’s “College Gameday” in the fall ahead of the Army-Navy game.

Since Belichick had already been preparing for the draft as a coach and de facto general manager, his perspective will be a welcome addition to the coverage this year.

While he won’t be able to trade down for a player most fans have never heard of, Belichick’s appearance on the McAfee show will be the closest thing we have to the inner workings of the Patriots franchise for the past couple of decades. 

Rumors have swirled around Belichick being pursued by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. If all goes well, there’s a good chance this won’t be the last we see of the future Hall-of-Fame coach as an analyst.

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How to watch ‘The Pat McAfee Show Draft Spectacular’

  • Date: Thursday, April 25
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Stream: YouTube, ESPN+, ESPN App, TikTok

Fans looking to see how Belichick does in an analyst role can catch “The Pat McAfee Show Draft Spectacular” on YouTube, ESPN+ and TikTok. The show is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 25 from Detroit. 

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